On the heels of a really great effort against state power Strasburg in which they fell 6-4, the Hiland Lady Hawks had every reason to be upbeat as they faced a solid Tuscarawas Central Catholic team Friday, April 10 at Hiland.
You would not have guest it from their lack of energy in the 10-0 loss which followed.
TCC scored a single tally in the first, two in the third and one more in the fourth, then blew the game open with a four-spot in the fifth and three more in the sixth to successfully win the six-inning affair.
“We came out flat and played that way the whole game,” said Hiland coach Erica Glasener.
Hiland actually had a chance in the first and third inning, putting a pair of runners on against TCC freshman hurler Molly Triplett, but the Lady Hawks couldn’t push any runs across, although TCC found plenty of ways.
“We had a couple of chances early, but we had a lot of wasted at bats,” said Glasener. “We have to go to the plate more confident and have better at bats throughout our line-up. We just aren’t driving through the ball and that hurt us.”
For the Saints, it was a productive night at the top of the order, where their first five hitters did all of the damage.
Sydney Anderson tripled to lead off the game and scored to make it 1-0. Brooke Beamer doubled in a pair in the third to push the TCC lead to 3-0. But it would be the fifth, when TCC got a walk, an error and four hits off of Hiland starter Allison Aleshire, that the game would be put out of reach.
“We let things snowball in the fifth,” said Glasener. “We have to finish games strong, and we didn’t tonight.”
The final nail in the coffin was a Lauren Fredericks two-run single in the sixth.
Out of the Saints’ first five hitters, Anderson had two hits and scored twice, Jenna Tolloti had a pair of hits and scored three times, Lauren Fredericks recorded two hits, scored three runs and drove in three and Beamer knocked in a pair with two hits.
Meanwhile, Triplett was mowing down Hiland hitters to the tune of allowing just five hits with one walk, striking out three.
TCC’s defense behind her was incredible.
“We have committed just one error in our first three games, which is great,” said TCC coach Greg Puntenney.
Brittany Wengerd was the lone Lady Hawk to solve Triplett, ripping a pair of singles to center.
“Molly is good and she is only going to get better for us on the mound,” said Puntenney of his freshman pitcher. “Our defense has been strong, but this group has the ability to perform in every aspect of the game, so we expect some good things this year.”
Considering it had been nearly a full week since their last game, TCC didn’t seem to be missing anything, in the field or at the plate.
The win improves TCC to 2-1, while the Lady Hawks fall to 0-3 on there campaign.